All posts by Steven Novella

Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and the author of the NeuroLogicaBlog, a daily blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general science, scientific skepticism, philosophy of science, critical thinking, and the intersection of science with the media and society. Dr. Novella also has produced two courses with The Great Courses, and published a book on critical thinking - also called The Skeptics Guide to the Universe.

Another Broken Meditation Study

Another study shows meditation does not work, but the authors manage to conclude that it does.

/ July 15, 2020

More Evidence Raw Milk is Bad

More evidence that raw milk has no health benefit, but does carry higher health risks.

/ July 8, 2020

The Coming Age of Telehealth

Telehealth is finally here. We should keep it.

/ July 1, 2020

Can Air Purifiers Stop Spread of COVID-19 Virus?

Air purifiers can remove droplets and viruses from the air, but they cannot prevent the spread of COVID-19 in a mass gathering.

/ June 24, 2020

Homeopathy is Worthless and Not Always Harmless

More cases of homeopathic contamination remind us that it is beyond time to properly regulate this pseudoscience.

/ June 17, 2020

COVID-19 – The Second Wave

A second wave seems likely, but the evidence suggests our measures are working, and may even prevent a second wave.

/ June 10, 2020

Winning the COVID Marathon

The most important difference between the COVID-19 pandemic and all previous pandemics is the power of our science. We should acknowledge and maximize that.

/ June 3, 2020

Herbal Products and Pregnancy

A recent review shows that herbal products do present a potential risk during pregnancy, and should not be considered automatically safe.

/ May 27, 2020

COVID-19 Testing

Currently available tests for COVID-19 are imperfect but useful if used properly, with rapidly evolving research on new tests underway.

/ May 20, 2020

Do Masks Work?

Let's review the evidence for the effectiveness of wearing face masks during a pandemic (reprinted from NeuroLogica).

/ May 13, 2020